This Day In Music: 12/27/11

Musician Birthdays: Scotty Moore (guitarist, most famous as guitar player for Elvis Presley, born in 1931), Hayley Williams (singer of Paramore, born in 1988)

– In 1960: The Beatles appeared at Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool. Added to the bill at the last minute, The Beatles were not advertised to appear, so banners had been pasted onto advertising posters, saying “Direct From Hamburg, The Beatles!” Since The Beatles were playing in an area they’d only played in once before, most of the audience assumes they were a German group.

– In 1967: The Doors appeared on the Jonathon Winters Show CBS TV show from Los Angeles, California.

– In 1969: Led Zeppelin II was at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over six million copies in the US.

– In 1969: Diana Ross and the Supremes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’, the group’s 12th US No.1. A No.13 hit in the UK.

– In 1975: The Faces split became official. Rod Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ron Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance and drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who.

– In 1975: The Staple Singers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Do It Again’ the group’s second US No.1.

– In 1976: Blues guitarist Freddie King died of heart trouble and ulcers aged 42. Eric Clapton covered his ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ on his Layla album. Major influence on British and American blues-rock musicians such as Jimmy Vaughan, Ronnie Earl, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.

– In 1980: John and Yoko’s ‘Double Fantasy’ album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart. ‘Just Like Starting Over’ started a five-week stay at No.1 on the singles chart.

– In 1989: A former chef at the Chuck Berry owned restaurant Southern Air started court proceedings against Berry alleging that the singer had installed secret video cameras in the ladies toilets. A further 200 other women also took action claiming that the recordings were used for improper sexual fetishes.

– In 1992: Harry Connick Jr was arrested at Kennedy Airport, New York after police discovered a 9mm pistol in his hand luggage.

– In 1999: Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs and his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were arrested after a gun was found in their car as they left a Manhattan nightclub. Police were investigating a shooting in the club.

– In 2008: Thieves broke into a house belonging to Allman Brothers Band singer and keyboardist Gregg Allman in Georgia and stole a coin collection, knives and unreleased concert recordings. Two men where charged with the burglary two days later.

– In 2008: Taylor Swift started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Fearless’.

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